Monthly Archives: May 2014

“NEWS” – New Hong Kong Racial Harmony Worksheet Emerges

It's satire, morons

It’s satire, morons

Breaking News Bullshit from the Hong Wrong Sub-Standard: The Sub-Standard has obtained a sample of another Hong Kong government approved worksheet. The multicultural studies task below comes hours after a picture of a questionable primary 4 ‘racial harmony’ activity went viral amongst local netizens.

Racist worksheet parody

BLOG – Hong Kong Textbook Tells You to ‘Know Your Place!’

Racist textbookIn case you were wondering about your destiny in Hong Kong, a primary school textbook is here to enlighten you with this fun ‘fill-in-the-blank’ task entitled ‘racial harmony’! The photograph below is going viral amongst parenting, Filipino and teacher forums online and is from the ‘New General Studies P3‘ textbook (Book 6) – ‘Living in Hong Kong’ chapter, published by Educational Publishing House Ltd.

h/t Sherin.

INTERVIEW – Activist Shane Claiborne Reacts to HK’s Anti-LGBT Christian Movement

no FilterMeet the ‘ordinary radical’ and ‘good extremist’ Shane Claiborne.

A religious activist and author, Shane is as respected as he is controversial amongst even his own Christian community. He has gone out of his way to apologise to non-believers on behalf of ‘bad Christianity’, he spent time in Iraq during the initial 2003 US bombing, he has (literally) turned guns into gardening tools and was once prosecuted for feeding the homeless. His advocacy for a more embracing ‘Jesus-like’ Christianity has won him fans amongst even the most hardened agnostics.

Last week, Claiborne was in Hong Kong for the Justice Conference. He spoke of his activism to Hong Wrong and reacted to the city’s spate of anti-LGBT protests and Christian International School’s homophobic recruitment policies.

HK LIFE – Laptop Computer Repair in Hong Kong

Unbiased guide to computer repair: Most of Hong Kong’s computer centres (Mongkok, Wan Chai, Sham Shui Po) offer electronics repair. The most affordable we have found for computers is ‘Computer Hospital’ at the Golden Computer City in Sham Shui Po. Unlike some repair shops, they service computers on site (as opposed to shipping them to Shenzhen) – they are also decent bet for cheap 2nd hand laptops and tablets.

Computer Repair in Hong Kong

It is not especially easy to find. Head to exit D2 of Sham Shui Po MTR and continue along the road facing you. After 20 seconds, you will spot the staircase pictured above opposite some mobile network stores. The address is: 1/f Golden Computer Centre, 94 Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po.

EVENT – Tiananmen Massacre Vigil: 25 Years On – Next Wed, Victoria Park.

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers will gather in Victoria Park next Wednesday night (June 4th) to remember those killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre. The annual candlelit vigil begins at 8pm but it is advisable to arrive early. Hong Wrong will be covering the event (see coverage from  201320122009).

Hong Kong's Candlelit vigil 2014

On May 21st, 1989, Hong Kong saw its biggest ever protest. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China organised a solidarity march for those involved in the Tiananmen Square demonstrations – it bought 1.5 million people onto the streets. Huge protests continued on the 28th and on June 4th itself.

INTERVIEW – Benny Tai: Occupy Central Organiser, Part 1 – ‘The Basics’

No Filter Interview seriesWhat is the pro-democracy ‘Occupy Central with Love & Peace’ plan and why is it dominating the news? Organiser and HKU Associate Professor at Law Benny Tai explains it like you’re 10 in a new ‘back-to-basics’ interview with Hong Wrong. The 20-minute primer about the non-violent ‘last resort’ protest movement includes:

  • The basics: Who is behind Occupy Central? What are its aims and how did we get here?
  • Beijing’s response: How does the movement fit in with Beijing’s own idea of ‘universal suffrage with Chinese characteristics’?
  • Methods: What does the complicated deliberation process entail? Does Benny have a personal preference for an election model? And how does HK’s situation compare to Taiwan’s recent occupation protest?
  • Media coverage: Is there a conscious effort to smear the campaign? How valid are the predictions of violence and accusations that the proposal is ‘illegal’?

You can listen to the interview in a number of formats…

English captions are embedded in the video above. You can also stream an audio version below.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Exploring Hong Kong’s Creepy Abandoned Abattoir

Left to decay in 1999, Cheung Sha Wan Abattoir  長沙灣屠場 is a prize feature on many an urban explorer’s bucket list.

Surrounded by barbed wire and permanently guarded, the site – which opened in 1969 – is notoriously difficult to access.

After repeated scouting missions, Team HK URBEX finally found a way in.

They had to make a quick getaway after they were discovered by security guards, but they returned, alive, with photos.

HELPERS – Gov’t Libraries Ignoring Hong Kong’s Biggest Minorities

HK Helpers Campaign320,000 Indonesians and Filipinos live in Hong Kong, the city’s biggest minorities. Yet a HK Helpers Campaign investigation found that they have only 60 books available to share in their respective languages across the entire library system. The Op-ed below responds to an SCMP story and reports on efforts by domestic workers to set up their own libraries. Support the campaign and their 3 simple, winnable campaign points.

A South China Morning Post article last week reported Hong Kong people are falling out of love with city libraries. The rampant usage of smartphones was cited for the decline in book rentals. Library officials lamented the decreasing figures and commentators criticised the cities reading culture, which has been ‘in decline for years’. On the other hand, domestic workers have been busy setting up unofficial mobile libraries across the city because the Hong Kong libraries don’t cater for their needs.

libraries ignore minorities

Since 2009, the department has expanded its library collection from 12.5 million books and multimedia materials to 13.1 million. Yet, the number of books rented fell 6.2 million over the past five years, from 61.7 million in 2009 to 55.5 million last year. A spokesperson for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the public libraries told the SCMP that “professional judgement was exercised in the acquisition of books to meet the different needs of various groups, including ethnic minorities”, and the collections remained “highly popular among readers”.

BLOG – Photos & Video from HK’s 2014 Cheung Chau Bun Festival

The annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival was held earlier this month between May 3rd and 7th.

Cheung Chau bun festival, Hong Kong

It involves bun towers, lion dances, parades, and the bun scrambling contest.

Cheung Chau bun festival, Hong Kong

Today’s photos are courtesy of photographer Rodolfo Contreras. Check out his Deconstructing Hong Kong Facebook page here, or view his portfolio here